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  •  I am pretty sure (1+ / 0-)
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    it was deemed constitutional for said abortion clinics to shove said ugly photos in my face if I happen to walk by as long as they don't block the sidewalk (and stay a certain distance away from the entrance of a clinic).

     I, personally, don't like either of these things--but it appears one of them is ok with the law.

    Why not the other?

    I keep waiting for you to answer that, but you just seem to be making argument just for the sake of doing so.

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 01:45:43 PM PST

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    •  I'm not saying it should be illegal. (1+ / 0-)
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      I am pretty sure it was deemed constitutional for said abortion clinics to shove said ugly photos in my face if I happen to walk by as long as they don't block the sidewalk (and stay a certain distance away from the entrance of a clinic).
      First, I think you mean "abortion opponents," not "abortion clinics."

      Second, you're right that it is constitutional for them to do that. It's disgusting, but it's constitutional, so long as they're not violating your rights, physically harming you, or blocking access to an abortion clinic.

      I, personally, don't like either of these things--but it appears one of them is ok with the law.

      Why not the other?

      I'm not arguing that it should be illegal to show people gruesome pictures of dead children. As long as the child's parents approve of the release of their child's picture, I think it should be perfectly legal to display it under most conditions. (I think we should treat such pictures like other material intended for mature audiences, restricting their display in places where children could conceivably see them without their parents having approved of it first.)

      However, you took it a step further and argued that it should not only be legal to display such pictures, but that those who want to exercise their legal right to buy a firearm should be forced to look at those pictures.

      And aside from your agreeing with gun safety regulations and disagreeing with the criminalization of abortion, I'm not seeing how you can say that gun-buyers should be forced to view pictures of dead children while not also defusing any argument you have against right-wingers' desire to force women seeking abortions to view gruesome pictures or ultrasounds.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 02:06:00 PM PST

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